Animal Spotlight: PotooAnimal Spotlight: Potoo2 years ago in Personal More Like This
AboutScientific name: family Nyctibiidae
Common names: Potoo, Urutau, Poor-Me-Ones
Conservation status: Least Concern
Fun Facts Potoos are nocturnal, and camouflage themselves as broken tree branches during the day.
According to legend, the call of the Common Potoo is the mournful lament of a spirit in love with but separated from the spirit of the moon.
Potoos do not build nests. They lay their eggs in the nooks of branches or broken stems.
Despite their small beaks, a Potoo's mouth is huge. It helps them to catch various flying insects.
A 1996 study of the mitochondrial DNA of Potoos found a great deal of genetic divergence between the species, suggesting that these species are themselves very old. The level of divergence is the highes
Open Letter to Lady GagaDear Lady Gaga,Open Letter to Lady Gaga4 years ago in Personal More Like This
To say I find you grossly offensive would be an understatement. Let's begin by looking at your early music.
Well look at that. It's all about fucking random dudes and partying. You know, like every other pop artist ever. So you had to go the extra mile and dress in a way that would make Dr. Frank N. Furter cringe to get attention. How edgy and completely inane.
What's this? Suddenly you realize you have a big following in the gay community! Well shit, we can't let this opportunity pass you by! So all of the sudden your music has a big ~*MESSAGE*~ about ~*BEING YOURSELF*~. Considering this is coming from someone who made their fortune doing things simply for attention and shock value, it's almost some sick parody. Yeah, be yourself. Except when you can sacrifice your true image to build up this fake caricature to make a few million.
Oh wait. Now you're bisexual. Well that just validates everything you have to say about the LGBT community, doesn't it? Congra
Calling out the so-called 'Red Wolf'Okay guys, we've had our fun calling out the hypocrisy of fanatical wolfaboos and Animal Rights proponents. Now, I think it's time we focus more on Anti-Wolf's educational side. In this case, I'd like to draw your attention to that taxonomical mess that is the red wolf.Calling out the so-called 'Red Wolf'4 years ago in Personal More Like This
You'll have doubtlessly heard numerous differing view points on just what the hell this animal is meant to be: is it a unique canid species, or is it simply a coywolf? Well, it turns out that we've had the answer to that question since last year, but for some reason *cough*, it has not been widely publicised (hmmm...).
It turns out (through undertaking the most in-depth and advanced genetic study so far performed on wolves) that the red wolf is indeed a watered down coywolf (indeed, it's only 20-25% wolf... the coyotes in the East coast can do better than that!)
Seeing as the media and wildlife services have seemingly completely ignored this, and insist on not updating their wolf websites, I think we owe it to our fanba
Armed Standoff at Nevada RanchUPDATES: FINAL?: BLM appears to have backed off for the time being. The cattle have been returned to Cliven Bundy, but not until after a reported 130 head died of heat exhaustion after being chased by helicopters, two more were shot by BLM agents, and one bicyclist was murdered by a BLM agent at a checkpoint around the ranch in days prior to this citizen revolt.Armed Standoff at Nevada Ranch2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This battle has been won, but the war is still being waged. The BLM is still going after cattle ranchers in other states, trying to shut them out of their land as well. Stay vigilant, friends. When you see injustice, remember that silence is acceptance.
6: BLM claims they will stand down; Bundy demands disarming of park service, dismantling of checkpoints government signs around ranch, and for BLM to prove that they will leave Bunkerville alone for good
5: AT&T messaged the Bundy's phones, stating: "AT&T supports Cliven Bundy and family in their time of struggle."
Team Rocket Speech.Team Rockets speech:Team Rocket Speech.5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Jessie: Prepare for trouble!
James: Make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation-
James: To unite all peoples within our nation!
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love-
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Jessie: Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light-
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight
The Right To Keep and Bear ArmsAlright, my unstable and insatiable journal minions,The Right To Keep and Bear Arms3 years ago in Personal More Like This
UPDATE, AT BOTTOM, UNDER WILLY!
I do know you will pardon any wording in this piece that seems offset for the current time. This journal has been in the works for a little over four-weeks, so some of it might sound past-tense right at the moment. Thank you.
Today, I do believe, we are going to touch off on the Second Amendment. More for those who follow me and don't like guns, or don't believe in gun rights, or don't understand the reason for the Second Amendment; commonly and correctly also known as "The Right To Keep And Bear Arms". The text of the Second Amendment (II) is as follows; A well regulated militia,
Being necessary to the security of a free state,
The right of the people to keep and bear arms,
Shall not be infringed. So, we usually start with the 'people who don't like firearms' category. This is broken down into two sub-categories of who 'don't like them just because' (Everyone El
Therioshamanism: Eating, Wearing, Hugging Animals(Or, Why Omnivores and Taxidermists Have Feelings)Therioshamanism: Eating, Wearing, Hugging Animals3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The other day on my Tumblr, I reblogged a set of images featuring "pet animals" on one side and "food animals" on the other, with the statement "Why love one but eat the other?" in the middle. They were from billboards that ran in Toronto a couple of years ago. The message, of course, is that we shouldn't eat chickens, pigs, and cows because they're animals just like puppies and kittens are; it's an attempt to turn people to vegetarianism or veganism.
I don't think I gave the desired response. For one thing, I have reasons for not going veg*n. I'm an obligate omnivore due to various quirks of my body and its metabolism; I even have it on doctor's orders that I need a reasonable amount of meat protein because I tend to get sick otherwise, even on a well-balanced vegetarian diet. And I don't respond well to attempted guilt trips masked as appeals to emotion, especially when they present only one true way for everyone to do something. So
PREVIEW: ON THE PROPOSED REMOVAL OF GRAY WOLVESFOR YEARS, the public has been under the spell of an ongoing ring of deception; a vicious circle which has forced the masses of the American people to believe the endangerment of a species that, by far, has received more attention than its more deserving counterpart, C.l. baileyi.PREVIEW: ON THE PROPOSED REMOVAL OF GRAY WOLVES2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Unlike the thousands of people that have mindlessly copy and pasted comments, brainwashed by organizations that truly underestimate the extent of the "wolf issue," I have personally taken the time to write a 21-page long letter that shall exemplify the disastrous after-effects of wolf, the government, and the media. I urge you to take this work with the utmost seriousness. Because at the end of the day, the ones that are copying and pasting are the followers and bystanders. They truly believe that they are doing the right thing, which is all well and good, but they are not writing their own words. They are not speaking with their own voice. They speak with a voice that has been casted down upon them and
An Extreme Amount of IgnoranceGet ready for a lot more of this garbage reporting: http://www.ktvb.com/news/Dog-injured-by-hunters-trap-near-Bogus-Basin-136858078.htmlAn Extreme Amount of Ignorance4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Besides the huge Appeal to Emotion fallacy, the awful media spin on trapping is what's really grinding my gears. After seeing people repost the news article with their horribly biased opinion about the situation made me want to construct a logical argument for why the dog owner was completely at fault here, not the trapper.
First of all, what part of trapping season do dog owners NOT understand? I know someone from a rural community in New Mexico, and when he traps he ties an orange ribbon above where all of his traps are set. This is understood by everyone that lives in his area. Trapping is not a crime, in fact it is part of a bigger science (how do you think they collar wolves?) The story is a complete lie to shed a fabricated perception of trapping to the urbanites. You see it ramped up lately all across the country. There is a major
Tastiness.You will need: one small red apple, sharp cheddar cheese, bread, fruit punch, and dried sage.Tastiness.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Slice the apple thinly, and saute in a half a cup of punch and a teaspoon of sage until cooked through but not mushy. Toast bread, and layer apple slices on one piece. Layer thin slices of cheese over the apple, and then the other bread. heat in toaster oven at 350 degrees until cheese melts, take out, let cool enough to eat, enjoy!
Ohio Holocaust Memorial Protested By...If I told you that a group of people were protesting the construction of a Holocaust Memorial in Ohio, you'd probably assume that they were the Ku Klux Klan or Stormfront or any other white supremacist hate group.Ohio Holocaust Memorial Protested By...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But the actual protesters are people who are infamous for being far more militant and hateful: anti-theists!An atheist group that is known for targeting supposed violations of the separation between church and state recently protested a Holocaust memorial because the monument plans to feature a Star of David.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, or FFRF, has stated its opposition to the proposed Ohio Statehouse Holocaust memorial because its leaders believe that including the religious symbol would create "legal precedent."
The co-presidents of the FFRF, Don Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, wrote a letter to Richard Finan, chair of the Capitol Square Review
No Unsacred Place: Saving Our WaterOver at No Unsacred Place, I talk about the vulnerability of our water source, and simple things we can do at home to preserve the fresh water we have. What else can you add to the list? http://nature.pagannewswirecollective.com/2013/09/10/saving-our-water-2/No Unsacred Place: Saving Our Water2 years ago in Personal More Like This
ETSY PROHIBITS SELLING CERTAIN ANIMAL PARTS (ETA)Here's the link: https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/12715475/ETSY PROHIBITS SELLING CERTAIN ANIMAL PARTS (ETA)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So here's the deal--the vast majority of what they covered were things that were already illegal and we all know not to trade in, like leopard, tiger, etc. However, they've also added all the animals covered by the Endangered Species Act http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/pub/listedAnimals.jsp
The banned list includes a few animals I've seen traded in fairly frequently, including abalones, alligators, Canadian lynx, bears, and cougars. So if you have anything on the lists, time to take it down!
Please don't panic or yell at Etsy. This isn't Etsy singling out dead critter artists. Mostly it's them clarifying their terms AND trying to abide by the laws of the land. eBay has banned bear and cougar for years, probably because so many states ban them anyway. I see this as a good thing; it's a way to protect species that are in serious trouble, and gives a little more boost to those trying to stop that tra
Why I (Sometimes) Wish I Was a ScientistNote: This is my June offering for the Animist Blog Carnival, with "Science" as the theme; please note that the information about it has changed locations.Why I (Sometimes) Wish I Was a Scientist3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I was young, all I wanted to be was a veterinarian so I could help animals. As I got older, I found out that being a vet wasn't just about making animals better, but also tough things like euthanasia, and I wasn't sure how I felt about that. In high school I got a partial scholarship to a school a few hours away from my hometown and thought I'd major in business management, since I enjoyed selling tchotchkes at a local antique store and had always been one of the most productive sellers of school popcorn and Girl Scout cookies. But then a trip to a wolf sanctuary convinced me that I wanted to get back to working with animals, and so I switched to biology and enrolled at the university in my home town. My hopes were utterly dashed when I barely scraped through remedial algebra, and realized there was no way I was going to make i
Therioshamanism: Coming Together In Our SorrowNote: This is my contribution to the April edition of the Animist Blog Carnival; this month's theme is "Ceremony and Community".Therioshamanism: Coming Together In Our Sorrow3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Back in February when I was at PantheaCon, one of the workshops I presented was on ecopsychology and its relevance to the neopagan community. There's a good deal of overlap between the spirituality of nature-based paganism and the secularism of ecopsychology. Both focus on strengthening relationships with the world around us, particularly the nonhuman portions thereof. They each utilize the outdoors in meaning-making activities, to include personal rites of passage and other ceremonies. And both have an emphasis on a systemic view of the world, to include one's own community (human and otherwise).
At one point I mentioned the works of Joanna Macy. An environmental activist, Buddhist, and author, Macy is considered one of the foundational writers on ecopsychology. It's not just because she helps readers to appreciate the environment, though that's certainly an
*strums guitar*IMMEDIATELY BASHES STRING INSTRUMENT INTO SOMEONE'S SKULL, SPRAYING BLOOD EVERYWHERE*strums guitar2 years ago in Personal More Like This
*tries to strum destroyed guitar*
the first line of the song: "Fuck off"
The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right .. ofcourse. *wink *wink )
Misha Defonesca, girl 'raised by wolves'Misha Defonseca: Author who made up Holocaust memoir ordered to repay £13.3mMisha Defonesca, girl 'raised by wolves'2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The author of a bestselling Holocaust memoir has been ordered to pay back £13.3 million ($22.5 million) after she admitted much of her sensational story was pure fantasy.
Misha Defonseca, a Belgian writer now living in Massachusetts, claimed she was adopted by a pack of wolves and killed a Nazi soldier to survive after her Jewish parents were taken during the Second World War.
But it emerged that she was not Jewish, as claimed, her real name was Monica Ernestine Josephine De Wael and her tale of four years wandering through forests to escape the Holocaust was untrue.
Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years was published in 1997 and was translated into 18 languages and made into a French film called Survivre Avec Les Loups before Defonseca, 76, admitted that much of it was a lie.
The book, which is still on sale on Amazon fo
The Gobble About Turkey!With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we decided that it would be appropriate to feature the delicious turkey!The Gobble About Turkey!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why Turkey for Thanksgiving?
There are several theories as to why we chow down on turkey for Thanksgiving. The holiday hasn't always been, well... a holiday. Even after the feast at Plymouth, it was only an occasional celebration which happened to include turkey.
William Bradford, a colonist at Plymouth, described in his journal the presence of wild turkey in the area, though Edward Winslow, author of Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth., made no explicit mention of turkey, but of "wild fowl." This could just as easily have meant ducks or geese! Bradford's journals were lost for a century and reprinted in 1856, creating a push to turn Thanksgiving into a national holiday. His writings of colonists hunting wild turkeys, and turkey being a delicious, uniquely American bird, managed to gain a foothold as the main course of choice for American Th
Ohio Repubs Attempt to Eliminate Minor PartiesA bill in Ohio that effectively derails any ongoing minor party campaigns and may have long-term repercussions for such parties was approved by the state senate last week. Libertarians and Greens in the state, who called the Republican-backed bill “The John Kasich Protection Act,” believe it is unconstitutional and are fighting to stop it.Ohio Repubs Attempt to Eliminate Minor Parties2 years ago in Personal More Like This
State Sen. Bill Seitz, who presented Senate Bill 193 as an emergency measure in September, argued that the current state of affairs is like “the wild, wild West” (despite the fact that all minor party votes in the 2012 presidential election added up to 1.6 percent of the total count). He said:
Obviously, if you are in one of those minor parties, you probably would like that current, lawless state of affairs to continue because you get to stay on the ballot without demonstrating any modicum of support.
Being Catholic - Easter SundaysNope, there's no typo-error in the title of this journal. Read on to find out.Being Catholic - Easter Sundays3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We have come the end of the Easter season, & according to the liturgical calendar of the Church we have been given almost 7-8 weeks to rejoice over the Resurrection of Christ - & as a neophyte (or would I say, being officially part the Catholic herd), it seems like these 7-8 weeks also serve as a purpose to party hard over our baptisms.
Since Easter Vigil, I have been seen by fellow friends to have less anxiety & have become pretty much optimistic than ever before, carrying a cheerful grin to everyone that I meet. Many of my friends thought I was on a spiritual 'high', clinging onto moments of full-blown awesomeness of the Easter Vigil around my head (just like any other thrilled Catholic newly-converts). Of course, I have to admit that in the first place, but what truly motivated me to smile on time after time is the very essence of being a Catholic - The Eucharist.
The Eucharist is outlined in the Catechis
Top 5 Favorite Anime CharactersI was tagged by the amazing :iconiloveslushiez:Top 5 Favorite Anime Characters1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Ironically this is a list of 5 and I've only seen like 5 animes so I have a wide pool to choose from XD
Top 5 Anime Men
1. Farlan Church (ACWNR/SnK)
2. Levi Ackerman (SnK) (Surprise, surprise)
3. Tamaki Suoh (Ouran)
4. Marco Bott (SnK)
5. Bertolt Hoover (SnK)
Every other guy from SnK
Sebastian Michaelis (Black Butler)
Tsukiyama Shuu (Tokyo Ghoul)
Shinji Ikari (Only because my youngest does a hell of a Shinji impersonation and it's so precious and when I leave Skype calls he starts screaming for me in his Shinji voice and from what I've heard it's hilarious) (I love my son LJ so much XD)
Also Jean Kirstein specifically since my new middle son voices him a lot (he just started calling me mama like yesterday so he's a new addition to the family)
(And then of course my oldest voices Levi) (it makes it kinda weird sometimes tbh especially when I heard him
Shigatsu wa Kimi no UsoTouched by this anime, this is a romantic life flick. Im not sure if i can recommend this for boys, but, if you liked 5cm per second, guy falls in lvoe with girl, with normal dialogues, no moe crap things, a bit funny, a bit sad. Im a big fan of the studio Animation(reversed), they caught me ever since Honey and Clover.Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This is an anime you must see, a good change of pace, from adventure gore and fan service, Is touching and makes you think.
UPDATES1. A TAGUPDATES1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tagged by: :icontricksterLcuppcakes:
1. Each person has to share 5 things about them
2. Answer the 10 questions asked to you.
5 Things About Reiner's Waifu
1. I HAVE THE BIGGEST OBSESSION WITH REINER BRAUN LIKE NO OTHER GIRL CAN COMPETE
2. I love to eat.
3. I'm 177cm exactly.
4. My aniki is my only real family.
5. I'm in a relationship.
Her ten questions to me:
1. Favourite anime character?
I LOVE THESE QUESTIONS SO MUCH. YOU GUYS KNOW ME TOO WELL.
2. Favourite ice cream flavour?
Cookies & Cream
3. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Daydream of Reiner Braun all the way.
4. Any siblings?
One, my beloved aniki.
5. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?
To Japan. I need to see my other family there.
6. Villians or Superheroes?
Antagonist, with Reiner.
7. Play any instruments?
A bit of piano and guitar. I si